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Reality TV is the worst kind of TV

I remember watching the first season of Survivor in 2000. It was a new kind of television and seemed exciting. Television reviewers wondered if it would catch on. Little did they know how big reality TV would become. 14 years later, there are countless reality shows and entire networks devoted to the genre. It's too bad, really, because most of reality TV ignores the original mission of television: to entertain, to educate and to inform. It's time to be very choosy about the reality TV we watch. Here's why.

September 28, 2014 | By Amy Peterson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


How to ruin you marriage with Facebook

Facebook was once a place to post how you were feeling and where you were going to spend your Saturdays.

September 27, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


Nine ways to get home ready for winter

Beautiful fall colors mean changing temperatures and the looming arrival of winter. Get a head start on the shifting seasons by readying your home for less sunlight and more time spent indoors.

September 25, 2014 | By Elizabeth Reid KSL | Hot Topics


America wastes money; Americans don't?

Americans think the federal government wastes 51 cents on the dollar, according to a new Gallup poll, but Americans themselves aren't guilty of wastefulness - at least according to themselves.

September 25, 2014 | By Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News | Hot Topics


Nine 'tips' on ready body language

We all use body language to support what we say and feel, whether we are conscious of it or not. Much body language is used without our conscious minds even being aware of it; that is why those who handle Human Resource matters and others who conduct interviews for a living have to be able to translate what they see others doing with their bodies, as well as what they are saying with their mouths. You may find the ability to accurately read body language very useful in your personal and professional life as well, so here are 9 tips ...

September 25, 2014 | By Tim Torkildson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Never-wed adults reach record high

The portion of American adults who have never married has reached a record high, according to a Pew Research Center report that says one-fifth or about 42 million people who are 25 and older have never said "I do."

September 25, 2014 | By Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Hot Topics


Why do kids have nicknames for parents?

Everyone in the family has a nickname.

September 24, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


A bucket list for believers

You only live once.

September 24, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


Seven ways to not be ruled by lists

Lists can rule over us like dictators who sport perfectly coiffed hair, pterodactyl brooches and high heels. Many of us know what it's like to be governed by our own to-do lists, driving some of us to become "anti-list-ivists" who refuse to write anything down. This scenario, however, can be just as counterproductive as the other.

September 23, 2014 | By Davison Cheney FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Why do we love bad movies?

As a film student in the 1970s, producer David Latt reveled in the work of Hollywood directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

September 23, 2014 | By Chandra Johnson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Six new cereals you have to 'try'

As you shop for groceries you have probably noticed that all the big food companies are expanding their cereal options. Everything from quinoa to spelt, and beyond, is now being popped, puffed and popularized for your breakfast nutrition. In order to keep you up-to-date we'd like to offer a brief description of the 6 most recent cereal creations. Bon appetite!

September 23, 2014 | By Tim Torkildson Deseret News Service | Hot Topics


20 life hacks to avoid burn out

Question: I am so stressed out that I'm falling apart physically. I'm sick, tired, worried and grouchy most of the time. In this state, I'm not the greatest parent and my marriage is struggling. The problem is I can't change my situation. I have to keep this job and I have to keep giving to my family. So how do I change my feelings, outlook and behavior when I'm stuck in this situation. My stress isn't going anywhere, so how do I handle it better?

September 23, 2014 | By Kim Giles KSL | Hot Topics


Ebola patient lifts spirits with dance

FOYA, Liberia - The deadly outbreak of Ebola in several African countries has killed more than 1,000 people and shows no signs of slowing down in the immediate future. But one former Ebola patient is making others smile with his upbeat attitude and dance moves.

September 23, 2014 | By Josh Furlong KSL | Hot Topics


3-year-old breaks welcome ceremony protocol

Kathryn Waldvogel couldn't wait to see her family, and apparently her 3-year-old son Cooper couldn't wait to see his mom.

September 18, 2014 | Desert News Service | Hot Topics


Video shows killer whale launch sea lion 20 feet in the air

KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A group of anglers in Alaska caught more than fish when capturing amazing footage of a sea lion being tossed in the air by a killer whale.

August 29, 2014 | Faith Heaton Jolley KSL | Hot Topics


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Expert advice on no-spank discipline that really works

Two kids are wrestling over the toy clown their aunt made, voices rising as each demands the right to sleep with it.

October 23, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Hot Topics


The Clean Cut: Modern-day good Samaritan carries opponent across finish line

With less than half a mile remaining in the final cross country race of her high school career, Melanie Bailey had a decision to make. A runner from an opposing school, Danielle LeNoue, suffered a knee injury, and Bailey could either keep running like everyone else or stop to help. Bailey chose to help.

October 23, 2014 | Morgan Jones Deseret News | Hot Topics


Disney announces new animated film — 'Moana'

Walt Disney Animation Studios announced the arrival of a girl named Moana in a new CG-animated film hitting theaters in late 2016.

October 23, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen KSL | Hot Topics


Is an online education worth it?

Thirty-two percent of for-profit college alumni don't think their education was worth it, and almost half believe their college was more interested in money than education, according to a Public Agenda survey. But almost 60 percent reported that their for-profit school did an "excellent" or "good" job preparing them for the workplace. One of the most important voices in the conversation, however, is the one that's missing - their future employers.

October 09, 2014 | Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News | Hot Topics


'Duck Dynasty' makes 'Dancing With the Stars' a family affair

The Robertson family of the hit show "Duck Dynasty" proved that "birds of a feather flock together" last night on "Dancing With the Stars." Sadie Robertson is a contestant on the show this season, and when assigned the theme "Your most memorable year," she naturally chose the year that her family found fame.

October 09, 2014 | Morgan Jones Deseret News | Hot Topics


Does violence in entertainment affect how we see violence in the news?

Each year in her mass communications course at Fresno State, Tamyra Pierce conducts a simple experiment to illustrate the impact of media.

October 09, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | Hot Topics


'Gone with the Wind' marks 75 years

The first time I saw the 1939 Civil War classic "Gone With the Wind" was as a young pup in 1961 when my parents dared to take me to a theatrical revival of the nearly four-hour picture. They knew that even in my early double-digits I wouldn't become fidgety because movies of all stripes captivated me. If it was on the big screen, I was there.

October 05, 2014 | By Chris Hicks Deseret News | Hot Topics


Six secrets to long, happy life

Most of us want to live long and happy lives, but there's so much stuff that happens between our beginnings and our ends that we're not always sure how to make that happen. Below are 6 secrets to living a long and happy life. Unlike some secrets, these secrets are meant to be shared, not kept.

October 05, 2014 | By Susan Swann FamilyShare | Hot Topics


What's going to be new in Star Wars

J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" is without question one of the most highly anticipated movies of next year, if not all time.

October 04, 2014 | By Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Avoid hazards of 'workaholism'

What is the worth of family time? The former CEO of PIMCO, a trillion-dollar investment management firm, suggests that family time is priceless.

October 04, 2014 | By Kelsey Clark Deseret News | Hot Topics


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